Risi Competizione Post Race report

Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA)
                                                                                  Toni Vilander (FIN)
                                                                                  Davide Rigon (ITA)
                                                                                  Olivier Beretta (MCO)

Daytona Beach, Florida (January 31, 2016)The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team had a fairly calm Rolex 24 At Daytona race this weekend. The popular Houston, Texas-based based Ferrari team finished in sixth place in the high-contested GTLM class, which is strongly favored by manufacturers for professional teams and drivers.
Risi Competizione, a multi-year sports car championship winner, has now collected three Top Six finishes in eight Rolex 24 races, two of those podiums. Drivers of the No. 62 Ferrari 488 were Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Olivier Beretta.
Today’s race went reasonably smoothly for the team, despite having just received delivery of their new twin-turbo Ferrari 488 race car from Italy last Saturday in Miami, Florida and driven straight to the Daytona International Speedway. In a class dominated by new and updated race cars, the Ferrari 488 fared well, with a sister car finishing in fourth place and Vilander even leading in class early in the race.
Contact between the Risi Ferrari and another competitor in the early morning hours, originally thought to be minor, had a bigger effect when the diffuser that was damaged had to eventually be replaced and then removed all together. Although down on straight speed for the remaining six hours, the Risi Competizione team finished and gained points towards the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the North American Endurance Championship.
Daytona Beach, Florida (January 31, 2016)Between the 12- and 18-hour marks of the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team encountered a few issues.
Olivier Beretta had taken over the driving duties before the halfway point of the race, at 2:40 a.m. EST. During his stints, he suffered a little damage after contact with another car but it was nothing major and he continued through his stint. Toni Vilander was up next and full course cautions continued. Vilander gave way to Giancarlo Fischella, who also suffered  a hit and subsequent damage to the rear diffuser.
After two visits to the garage to repair and with safety in mind first, the team opted to remove the diffuser all together and be down on speed for the brace balance. David Rigon returned to the cockpit ten laps down after the diagnosis and subsequent repairs were made by the talented Risi Competizione crew.